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Interior Design B.S.

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College of Design
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 100
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Interior design is a professional program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Its focus is providing for human welfare by improving the quality of life and protecting human health and safety through design of the interior environment. Students study fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems related to people and their use of interior space. They analyze human behavior to determine a client's functional, aesthetic, social, and psychological needs. They design various types of interiors, such as hospitals, offices, schools, residences, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities. To do this, students acquire: a foundation in basic design; understanding of the relationship between individuals and their environments; understanding of the contextual relationship of the site, the building, and its systems to the interior; knowledge of regulations that govern their practice of interior design; the ability to research user needs and apply findings to problem identification and solution; understanding of historical precedent and contemporary design theories; technical knowledge and communication skills; understanding of business issues and professional ethics; and a sense of responsibility to society, especially in the use of resources.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 7 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Admission to the pre-major status is done by a competitive holistic review. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.50 during pre-major coursework. In addition, students must receive a minimum grade of C- or better in the required pre-major courses before going through portfolio review (not just a 2.50 GPA). Once students have achieved major status, they must maintain a GPA of 2.00.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Pre-Interior Design Courses
Students must complete freshman composition and at least one additional liberal education course in addition to the required coursework below to be admitted to major status in the interior design program. Note: Students must be admitted to a pre-major status to take most of these courses.
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
GDES 1311 - Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions (4.0 cr)
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions (4.0 cr)
IDES 1601 - Interior Design Studio I (4.0 cr)
IDES 1602 - Interior Design Studio II (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students must complete a 200-hour internship (IDES 4196) after completing IDES 3606. All coursework in the major must be taken A-F (with the exception of the internship).
Communication Course
WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet [TS, WI] (3.0 cr)
Psychology Course
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
Major Courses
ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis (4.0 cr)
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Contemporary [AH] (4.0 cr)
DES 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Design (1.0 cr)
DES 4165 - Design and Globalization [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
IDES 2603 - Interior Design Studio III (4.0 cr)
IDES 2604 - Interior Design Studio IV (4.0 cr)
IDES 2612 - Interior Materials and Specifications [ENV] (4.0 cr)
IDES 2613 - Interior Structures, Systems, and Life Safety (4.0 cr)
IDES 2622 - Computer Applications I (2.0 cr)
IDES 3161 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 [GP] (4.0 cr)
IDES 3162 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: 1750 to Present [HIS] (4.0 cr)
IDES 3605 - Interior Design Studio V (4.0 cr)
IDES 3606 - Interior Design Studio VI (4.0 cr)
IDES 3612 - Lighting Design (3.0 cr)
IDES 3614 - Interior Design Ethics and Professional Practice [CIV] (4.0 cr)
IDES 3622 - Computer Applications II (2.0 cr)
IDES 4196 - Internship in Interior Design (1.0 cr)
IDES 4607 - Interior Design Studio VII (4.0 cr)
IDES 4608 - Interior Design Thesis (4.0 cr)
IDES 4615W - Interior Design Research [WI] (3.0 cr)
ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 3412H - Honors: Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· IDES 4615W - Interior Design Research [WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet [TS, WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions.
GDES 1311 - Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design elements and principles in context of observational drawing. Integrative approach to two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and drawing. Broad conceptual framework for design exploration. Emphasizes perceptual aspects of visual forms.
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Color theory, its application in two- and three-dimensional design. Emphasizes effective use of color by studying traditional color systems, perception, and interaction. Lectures, demonstrations, extensive studio work, and critiques.
IDES 1601 - Interior Design Studio I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Interior design pre-major or interior environments minor
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories used to solve interior design problems related to human behavior. Design process. Communication skills that are required for interior design profession. prereq: Interior design pre-major or interior environments minor
IDES 1602 - Interior Design Studio II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [1601 or DHA 1601] with grade of at least C-, interior design pre-major
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to interior design programming as method for understanding behaviors/requirements of humans in spaces. Use of color in three-dimensional environments. Developing communication skills. Problem-solving. prereq: [1601 or DHA 1601] with grade of at least C-, interior design pre-major
WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet (TS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How persuasive communication is tailored to the Internet; how Internet technologies enable/limit persuasion; how to adapt rhetorical theory to 21st century digital writing; ethical issues, including free speech, copyright, fair use, privacy; rhetorics of social networks. prereq: Soph or jr or sr or instr consent
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of fibers, yarns, textile structures, and finishes. Their effect on performance/appearance of textile products, including apparel, interior, and industrial textiles. prereq: DHA major or pre-major or instr consent
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium/product of sociocultural process/expression of values, ideas, behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Soph or above
ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Contemporary (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major monuments/trends in art, prehistoric to present. Style, subject matter, patronage. Reconstructing artworks' original setting: religious, political, and social contexts. Western canon, occasionally in comparison with non-Western works.
DES 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Design
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research career opportunities and organizations related to industry. Set career goals based on skills and interests. Identify job search skills to secure internships, implement transition from college to employment. prereq: Pre-graphic design or graphic design or pre-interior design or interior design or pre-apparel design or apparel design or environmental design or architecture or pre-product design or product design
DES 4165 - Design and Globalization (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01200
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Movenment of people, products, and ideas. Challenges brought by differences among us. prereq: Jr or sr
IDES 2603 - Interior Design Studio III
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expanding presentation skills, visual communication of design process. Design of interior environment as influenced by neighborhood, adjacent structures, regional context, diverse cultures. prereq: [1602 or DHA 1602] with grade of at least C-, pass portfolio review, interior design major
IDES 2604 - Interior Design Studio IV
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Relationship between exterior/interior design as it pertains to building construction. Methods/materials, principles of structure, building systems, construction details. Interface of electrical, HVAC, plumbing systems in buildings. prereq: [2603 or DHA 2603], 2613
IDES 2612 - Interior Materials and Specifications (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [Pass portfolio review, interior design major] or interior environments minor or design minor or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Environmental issues, from global to interior spaces. Effect of building codes/legislation, social awareness. Functional/aesthetic relation of materials/resources to interior design. prereq: [Pass portfolio review, interior design major] or interior environments minor or design minor or instr consent
IDES 2613 - Interior Structures, Systems, and Life Safety
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines that govern design of interior space and support life safety. Integration of building systems. Structures for non-residential/residential occupancy. Building/energy codes. Lectures, guest speakers, field trips.
IDES 2622 - Computer Applications I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Computer-aided design, its role in interior design. Use of software applications for construction drawings, two-/three-dimensional representation. Modeling for interior design problem-solving/presentation. prereq: Interior design major
IDES 3161 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 (GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of European and American interiors and furnishings, including furniture, textiles, and decorative objects.
IDES 3162 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: 1750 to Present (HIS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
European/American interiors/furnishings, including furniture, textiles, and decorative objects.
IDES 3605 - Interior Design Studio V
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced interior design problems dealing with small to medium scale spaces. Emphasizes special-needs populations.
IDES 3606 - Interior Design Studio VI
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interior design problems dealing with medium-scale spaces. Focuses on medium office design. prereq: [2604 or DHA 2604], 2612
IDES 3612 - Lighting Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Interior design major or Interior Environments Minor or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Lighting as dynamic design element. Psychological aspects of light color/quality/sources. Photometrics, codes, daylighting, energy conservation. How lighting impacts health/well-being. Integrating lighting with interior/architectural elements. Lighting/fixture design. Computer visualization. Lecture, assignments, projects. prereq: Interior design major or Interior Environments Minor or instr consent
IDES 3614 - Interior Design Ethics and Professional Practice (CIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2604 or DHA 2604; or Interior Environments Minor
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Business of interior design, professional ethics, and responsible design. Ethical theory/conduct. Responsibility to business, clients, colleagues, and community at large and globally. prereq: 2604 or DHA 2604; or Interior Environments Minor
IDES 3622 - Computer Applications II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced concepts/terms in computer modeling. Computer graphics, three-dimensional modeling, rendering, animation to provide representation strategies for interior design problem-solving/presentation. Applications such as Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max Design. prereq: 2622
IDES 4196 - Internship in Interior Design
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised work experience relating activity in business, industry, or government to student's area of study. Integrative paper or project may be required. prereq: 3606, instr consent
IDES 4607 - Interior Design Studio VII
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [[3605, 3606] or [DHA 3605, DHA 3606]] with grade of at least C-
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced interior design problems dealing with large scale spaces. Historic precedent, adaptive use, renovation. prereq: [[3605, 3606] or [DHA 3605, DHA 3606]] with grade of at least C-
IDES 4608 - Interior Design Thesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comprehensive independent interior design project developed from student-conducted research/program developed in 4615W. prereq: [4615W or DHA 4615W], [4607 or DHA 4607] with grade of at least C-
IDES 4615W - Interior Design Research (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research methods for programming interior design solutions. Developing comprehensive program. Issues that affect interior design research/practices. prereq: 3605 or DHA 3605
ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examples of the built environment from the Enlightenment to the present are studied within a broad social, cultural, and political context. Major architectural movements and their associated forms and designs. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3412H - Honors: Architectural History Since 1750 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Built environment from the Enlightenment to the present in a broad social, cultural, and political context. Major architectural movements and associated forms/designs. Ideas/philosophies that have emerged over time. Lecture, textbooks, discussion, writing, drawing, looking, and researching. prereq: Soph, honors
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium/product of sociocultural process/expression of values, ideas, behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Soph or above
IDES 4615W - Interior Design Research (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research methods for programming interior design solutions. Developing comprehensive program. Issues that affect interior design research/practices. prereq: 3605 or DHA 3605
WRIT 3577W - Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet (TS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How persuasive communication is tailored to the Internet; how Internet technologies enable/limit persuasion; how to adapt rhetorical theory to 21st century digital writing; ethical issues, including free speech, copyright, fair use, privacy; rhetorics of social networks. prereq: Soph or jr or sr or instr consent